BASEBALL!!!!!!

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Well, today is just an Exhibition game, but it is baseball.  Today’s game is against the Chicago White Sox.  Clayton Kershaw will be the starting pitcher.  The Dodgers starting lineup is as follows:

Howie Kendrick 2b

Andre Ethier lf

Yasiel Puig rf

Scott Van Slyke 1b

Yasmani Grandal c

Corey Seager ss

Kike Hernandez dh

Alex Guerrero 3b

Trayce Thompson cf

 

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71 thoughts on “BASEBALL!!!!!!

  1. Brett Anderson is having back surgery. I suppose this comment belongs on “Injury Notes”, but oh well. Brett will be out 3-5 months, says the team. So I’m guessing he’s of no use to us this year. Nice use of a one-year contract at $15.8 million.

    So the starting rotation at this point in time looks like:

    Kershaw
    Kazmir
    Maeda
    Wood
    somebody somebody chosen from the group of Beachy, Bolsinger, Frias, Stripling, and DeLeon. Interestingly, Zach Lee’s name is not mentioned in that group in the LA Times article:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-dodgers-pitcher-brett-anderson-surgery-20160303-story.html

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    • Gotta love the following comment on the LA Times site:

      “8-0 “We love it”!

      Well Soupy, couldn’t give Greinke that
      extra year, but you give injury prone Anderson
      $15,800,000?”

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    • So it appears that the answer to my earlier question is that Wood shall move up in the rotation, before moving down. Kind’a the way I was leaning…I’m saddened to see this however. Enjoy the rejuvenation of Spring everyone…I’m going to do the same…yet away from the technological devices by gettting some much needed fresh air. I’ll catch the rerun after tonights leadership debate.

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  2. Why did Brett’s disk bulge out? I guess when you are an injury-prone player, you should not pitch 180 innings in one season.

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    • I’d like to see what Jose De Leon can bring. He’s 23 years old (so much older than Urias) and pitched in AA last year with a 2.99 ERA.

      Bolsinger is only capable of pitching five innings. They should use him as a long reliever.

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  3. The bats are alive today – six runs on 12 hits through the first seven innings. I hope that is a sign of things to come for the 2016 season.

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  4. Can’t really say I care that Anderson’s down for the year. The FO didn’t really want him anyway, gambled with the QO and lost. If they’re serious about getting Ryu back in May, I’d give Urias, DeLeon, Lee and Sierra some innings in ST and take the hottest hand for the 5th slot. They get 4-5 starts and some ML valuable experience.

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  5. Watching the rebroadcast of the game on mlbtv. Charlie….bleh! As far as replacing Anderson, they should give a chance to whoever proves they have the stuff during spring training. It should be a good battle to see who deserves it more.

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  6. Today’s Lineup against the Texas Rangers

    Carl Crawford (L) LF
    Joc Pederson (L) CF
    Chase Utley (L) 2B
    Scott Van Slyke (R) 1B
    Enrique Hernandez (R) SS
    A.J. Ellis (R) C
    Trayce Thompson (R) RF
    Alex Guerrero (R) DH
    Brandon Hicks (R) 3B
    pitcher – Scott Kazmir

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  7. Anderson surprised everyone by staying healthy all last season. I agree with Beav the Dodgers took a gamble with a qualifying offer that before this year, no player had ever accepted. Clearly not losing a draft pick was of more importance. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with all the options the Dodgers have to fill this spot. Wouldn’t it be a great story if someone, especially a younger player successfully fills this role? We can only hope.

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    • Everyone Ned ever signed except Greinke?

      I wish the FO would just come out and say that they’re rebuilding and not try and BS anybody that they’re also trying to win now. Kazmir, McCarthy, Wood… those aren’t win now guys. Truth is [I think] is that they’re biding their time trying to bridge to Urias, De Leon and Holmes.I can see Deleon getting more than just a cup of coffee this year. Urias maybe 2017 on a 150 innings limit and Holmes in 2018.

      Frankly, I’d just clean house of guys like Crawford, Dre, Ellis and AGon also just as soon as I felt I had someone who could reasonably step in that was a long term solution. Barnes could step in for Ellis right now.

      With the experience and players you’ll have in 2019, then maybe you can start the “dynasty”.

      I really think that’s why teams like SF and AZ loaded up this off season – they see their 3-year window to make a run.

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  8. Hey everyone…I had the game on through MLB Network today. I was mainly using the smooth delivery of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday to propel me through some house chores. When I did get a glimpse, one of the boys seemed to be on base or running the bases. It also sounded like Kenta Maeda did well???

    Anyhoo, I just wanted to check in and say hello. I’ve decided to wait another month to purchase the feed (mainly to exercise my will power)…so I’ll be looking forward to the daily reports on here…

    Peace – Go Dodgers

    P.S. I think Beavs comments were well thought out…Nice job Theodore.

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  9. Today’s lineup against the Giants

    1. Carl Crawford (L) LF
    2. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    3. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    4. Chase Utley (L) 3B
    5. Scott Van Slyke (R) DH
    6. A.J. Ellis (R) C
    7. Enrique Hernandez (R) SS
    8. Micah Johnson (L) 2B
    9. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
    pitcher – Zach Lee

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  10. Think they better start looking for a CF – Joc ain’t it. I would’ve sent him back down last August until he recaptured his swing. I blame Donnie and Mac more than anything for fucking around with his swing. Guy couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a sequoia now.

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    • Joc looked very uncertain at the plate. It looks like he’s having trouble with his mechanics. I think it’s to early for any decisions..

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    • Look for Trayce Thompson to get plenty of repetitions against both righties and lefties during Spring Training. They can use him as an option until Joc gets his swing back (if ever).

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  11. Today’s lineup against the Cleveland Indians

    1. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    4. Scott Van Slyke (R) LF
    5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    6. Trayce Thompson (R) RF
    7. Rob Segedin (R) 3B
    8. Shawn Zarraga (S) DH
    9. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B
    pitcher – Alex Wood

    Joc up front and center – so he can get his strikeouts early in the game.

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  12. I hate to say this but I haven’t seen a game yet. I get the score before the games air here and, I’m not really in the spirit yet. I’m waiting until they cut the roster down and we get to see who will actually make the squad.

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  13. I haven’t been able to see a live game yet (only replays), but I get a great idea on how all the games went by what is said on here. It’s like a soap opera. Some player names have changed (somewhat) and some got older, but the issues and story lines are the same….pitching and the outfield woes. Hopefully a new manager is what is needed. Go Dodgers!

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  14. I can see mostly all the Cactus League games on MLB.TV. But I only watch them when I’m not busy, since most of the games are during the day.

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  15. I have not seen any games either. Sportsnet LA is not showing every game (cutbacks?) and even the radio waves have been void of games this week. For the most part, spring games are not all that interesting anyway. But as others have said, I too am not really in the spirit yet. Hopefully that time will come but there really are not many intriguing story lines this spring and many of us have doubts on how this team will do with all the pitching questions.

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  16. Not sure if Goose Gossage sounds like an old codger who believes things were better in his day but I would guess most of us thought baseball was a lot better before all the big money and stat geeks took all the attention off the field. But the age of instant access to information makes us all geniuses because we think we know so much. When the stat geeks figure out how to hit a curve ball, then maybe they really will have something.

    The truth of the matter is baseball has been using statistical information for years; we just did not hear so much about it.

    Does anything think that with the way Trayce Thompson has been performing so far this spring the Dodgers might have to find a place for him? I know Roberts has said Pederson is the center fielder but if Joc struggles early in the season,

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    • I’d eat Crawford’s salary and put him on the team. I’m sure he could fill in if, as you say Joc or even Puig has some struggles.

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  17. I was watching a delayed version of Urias striking out the side in the seventh inning on MLB Network while on the bottom of the screen it was telling me that Urias was the loser in an 8-4 game.

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  18. Any way you look at it we’re still living with that Boston mega deal fiasco. You have to assume that the whole purpose behind it was to get AGon, and what has that got us the last couple of years. We’re still carrying Crawford and probably a now declining AGon too. This ownership is really smart NOT.
    Guggenholes!!!

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    • One would think that if they wanted to they could structure a settlement with Crawford like Ned did with Andruw Jones just to get him off the team. Wasn’t even a week into the games and they already told him he’s a back-up. Eat his salary one way or another and move on.

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      • I think that was a good move making Crawford a backup to Ethier. Now at least we know we’ll see Ethier more than Crawford or, at least, before Crawford takes the field. It should make making up a lineup a lot easier for Roberts also.

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  19. What’s with all the injuries? It seems like there are more than the usual amount this early in the season. There must be more to Ethier’s shin contusion than has been announced. I’ve never heard of anyone needed crutches three days after bumping their shin bone.

    I was watching the Greatest Baseball Legends about Ted Williams and there was a quote from an article written by John Updike about his last day at Fenway Park. His writing has a great literary quality not found in typical baseball articles, unless they were by the legendary Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1960/10/22/hub-fans-bid-kid-adieus

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